A vase-shaped legume that produces abundant white flowers and is excellent for bumblebees.
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Season: June – August
Suggested Uses: White Wild Indigo is one of our most highly demanded garden plants. This beauty has lovely white flowers and a grand umbrella-shaped stature! This plant will do well on sandier soils. Attractive to native bees.
Native Range: Native range covers the Midwest and parts of the South. Native to the southeastern corner of Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bumblebees! Great plant for the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebee (Bombus affinis)!
Flowers: The 1″ pea-like flowers bloom in stiff, upright clusters up to 12″ long.
Leaves: The leaves are divided like the palm of a hand into 3 oblong segments, each 1″-2 1/2″ long.
Medicinal Uses: Used to treat colds, scarlet fever, typhus, eczema, and dysentery. It was combined with seneca snakeroot to treat snakebites. It was considered a stimulant and a treatment for cuts.
Food Uses: Toxic
More Information: Poisonous to grazing animals.
Name: The Greek word baptizein means “to dye”.
More information: USDA plant profile